Tyne and Wear HER(13199): Jesmond, All Saints Cemetery, grave of James Skinner - Details
Jesmond, All Saints Cemetery, grave of James Skinner
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Obelisk monument to James Skinner (1836-1920), shipbuilder. James was born in London. He moved to Newcastle aged 14 to begin an apprenticeship at Coutts shipyard at Low Walker. He went on to manage Andrew Leslie's shipyard at Hebburn then opened a yard at Bill Quay with William Wood, shipyard cashier. The firm Wood Skinner & Co. built 330 vessels over 42 years up to 1925. They also built the 30-bed Tyne Floating Hospital for Infectious Diseases at Jarrow Slake, designed by Newcastle Civil Engineer, George Laws. The hospital ship was launched on 2 August 1885. It sank in 1888. She was refloated and remained moored there for over 40 years.
Alan Morgan, 2004, Beyond the Grave - Exploring Newcastle's Burial Grounds, page 70